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Posted on: February 15, 2008 07:23 MST
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Denzel Washington

*Denzel Washington's "The Great Debaters" stole the spotlight at the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards Thursday night (hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley), winning for outstanding motion picture and top acting honors for some of its lead and supporting cast. 

      The film's star and director, Denzel Washington, was named best actor, while Jurnee Smollett, starring as one of the movie's lead debators, was named best actress. Denzel Whitaker, the young actor uncannily bearing a hybrid of Washington and Forest Whitaker's name, took home the award for outstanding supporting actor.

      Also making an impressive showing was Tyler Perry, with his project "Why Did I Get Married?" garnering Janet Jackson the award for outstanding supporting actress, while his venture with TBS, "House of Payne," won outstanding comedy series. Payne" earned actor LaVan Davis the outstanding actor in a comedy series honor, while Lance Gross was crowned outstanding supporting actor for his portrayal of the immature son of Curtis and Ella Payne.

'The Great Debaters' cast (Denzel Whitaker, Jurnee Smollet, Kimberly Elise and Denzel Washington)

      ABC's "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" and HBO's "Life Support" were other big winners in the television category.

      America Ferrera won for best actress in a comedy series for "Betty," while co-star Vanessa Williams took home the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series award. "Anatomy" won for outstanding drama series, and the show's Chandra Wilson was honored as outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.

      Queen Latifah and Wendell Pierce were voted outstanding actress and actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special for "Support," which also won for outstanding TV movie, miniseries or dramatic special.

      Alicia Keys cleaned up in the musical categories, winning four awards including: outstanding music video, song and album and the outstanding female artist award.

      Focus Features' "Talk To Me" garnered awards for Kasi Lemmons, outstanding directing in a motion picture, and for Seith Mann, outstanding directing in a dramatic series for his work on NBC's "Friday Night Lights."

      The organization doled out special honors to Aretha Franklin, who received the Vanguard Award, and Stevie Wonder, who was inducted into the Image Awards' Hall of Fame.  Actress/producer/author and recent SAG winner Ruby Dee was honored with the event's annual Chairman's Award.

Complete winners list:

Television categories

Comedy series
"Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)

Actor in a comedy series
LaVan Davis, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)

Actress in a comedy series
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

Supporting actor in a comedy series
Lance Gross, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)

Supporting actress in a comedy series
Vanessa L. Williams, "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

Drama series
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Actor in a drama series
Hill Harper, "CSI: NY" (CBS)

Actress in a drama series
Regina Taylor, "The Unit" (CBS)

Supporting actor in a drama series
Omar Epps, "House" (Fox)

Supporting Actress in a drama series
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
"Life Support" (HBO)

Actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
Wendell Pierce, "Life Support" (HBO)

Actress in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
Queen Latifah, "Life Support" (HBO)

Actor in a daytime drama series
Kristoff St. John, "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)

Actress in a daytime drama series
Christel Khalil, "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)

News/information (series or special)
"In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview" (TVOne)

Talk (series)
"Tavis Smiley," "Crisis in Darfur" (PBS)

Reality (series)
"Run's House 4" (MTV)

Variety (series or special)
"Celebration of Gospel '07" (BET)

Children's program
"That's So Raven" (Disney Channel)

Performance in a youth/children's program (series or special)
Raven-Symone, "That's So Raven" (Disney Channel)


Recording categories

New artist
Jordin Sparks (Jive/Zomba)

Male artist
Chris Brown (Jive)

Female artist
Alicia Keys (J Records)

Duo or group
Eddie & Gerald Levert (Atlantic)

Jazz artist
Herbie Hancock (Verve)

Gospel artist (traditional or contemporary)
Kirk Franklin (Gospocentric)

World music album
Angelique Kidjo, "Djin Djin" (Razor & Tie)

Music video
Alicia Keys, "Like You'll Never See Me Again" (J Records)

Alicia Keys, "Like You'll Never See Me Again" (J Records)

Alicia Keys, "As I Am" (J Records)

Literature categories

Literary work, fiction
Walter Mosley, "Blonde Faith" (Little, Brown & Company)

Literary work, nonfiction
Don Cheadle, John Prendergast, "Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond" (Hyperion)

Literary work, debut author
Victoria Rowell, "The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir" (Harper Collins)

Literary Work, biography/autobiography
David Mendell, "Obama: From Promise to Power" (Harper Collins/Amistad)

Literary work, instructional
Tavis Smiley, "The Covenant in Action" (Smiley Books)

Literary work, poetry
Nikki Giovanni, "Acolytes: Poems" (Harper Collins/William Morrow)

Literary work, children
Sue Stauffacher, author; Greg Couch, illustrator; "Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson" (Random House)

Literary work, youth/teens
Charles B. Schooler, author; Gary Young, illustrator; "More Than Entertainers: An Inspirational Black Career Guide" (Zenith Publishing)


Motion picture categories

Actor in a motion picture
Denzel Washington, "The Great Debaters" (The Weinstein Co.)

Actress in a motion picture
Jurnee Smollett - "The Great Debaters" (The Weinstein Co.)

Supporting actor in a motion picture
Denzel Whitaker, "The Great Debaters" (The Weinstein Co.)

Supporting actress in a motion picture
Janet Jackson, "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?" (Lionsgate Films)

Motion picture
"The Great Debaters" (The Weinstein Co.)

Independent or foreign film
"Honeydripper" (Emerging Pictures)

"Darfur Now" (Warner Independent Pictures)

Writing categories

Writing in a comedy series
Ali LeRoi, "Everybody Hates Chris," episode "Everybody Hates Guidance Counselor" (CW)

Writing in a dramatic series
Shonda Rhimes and Krista Vernoff, "Grey's Anatomy," episode "A Change Is Gonna Come" (ABC)

Writing in a motion picture (theatrical or television)
Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa, "Talk to Me" (Focus Features)

Directing categories

Directing in a comedy series
Ken Whittingham, "The Office," episode "Phyllis' Wedding" (NBC)

Directing in a dramatic series
Seith Mann, "Friday Night Lights," episode "Are You Ready for Friday Night?" (NBC)

Directing in a motion picture (theatrical or television)
Kasi Lemmons, "Talk to Me" (Focus Features)   
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